In-Person Workshop
In reading and writing workshop, our objective is to teach children to read like writers and write like readers. Individual conferences are perhaps the best place to help students understand these connections and make links between their reading and their writing. Moreover, they are a powerful way to teach students “to shape their own ideas through acts of literacy” (Gholdy Muhammad, 2020).

In this interactive, two-day workshop, Dan Feigelson will:
  • provide teachers Grades 2-8 with classroom-ready, step-wise structures for both reading and writing conferences, focusing in depth on their similarities and differences;
  • introduce practical strategies for what to listen for and how to respond to students, in conferences as well as in whole and small group instruction;
  • suggest actionable tips for connecting individual conferring work to larger, whole class curriculum goals;
  • go over strategies for conference note-taking, assessment, and time management;
  • suggest concrete ways that individual conferences can honor student identity and help children become critical, independent thinkers.

Conferring basics
  • Introduction: Principles of Listening
  • Why confer? Literacy and Student Identity
  • Reading and Writing Conferences: Similarities and Differences
  • Teaching to the partial understanding

Reading conferences
  • Learning the content of comprehension
  • Teacher reading activity (experience what students experience), debrief
  • Structure of a reading conference
  • Teacher as diagnostician
  • ‘Go to’ reading conferences

Writing conferences
  • Qualities of writing: What exactly do we want to teach?
  • Teacher writing activity (experience what students experience), debrief
  • Structure of a writing conference
  • Planning, drafting, and revision: conferring into the writing cycle

Nuts and Bolts
  • Connecting individual conferring work to larger curriculum goals, and to a PYP framework
  • Opportunities for reading-writing connections
  • Scaffolding conferring work through partnerships, book clubs, and read aloud conversations
  • Record keeping and assessment
  • Planning for conferring
  • Time management tips
  • Routines and strategies for sharing (and celebrating!) conferring work
Classroom teachers of grades 2-8, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators
Dan Feigelson
Dan Feigelson has worked extensively in New York City schools as a teacher, staff developer, curriculum writer, principal, and local superintendent. An early member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, he leads institutes, workshops and lab-sites around the world on the teaching of reading and writing. A regular presenter at national and international conferences, Dan is the author of Radical Listening: Reading and Writing Conferences to Reach All Students (Scholastic 2022), Reading Projects Reimagined: Student-Driven Conferences to Deepen Critical Thinking (Heinemann 2015), and Practical Punctuation: Lessons in Rule Making and Rule Breaking in Elementary Writing (Heinemann 2009).

He divides his time betweenNew York City and the Hudson Valley, in upstate New York.
International School of Hannover
Address: Bruchmeisterallee 6, 30169 Hannover, Germany
Phone: +49 511 27041650

8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Registration at 8:00 am
on the 8th of October 2022
USD 790 closing date 30th September 2022
Early bird 750 till 1st September 2022
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 16 Professional Development Hours, Light breakfast, Morning Tea, and Lunch
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